Flat-Earth Democrats

Al GoreThe victims of the tornado that hit Moore Oklahoma had not even been counted when Democrat politicians made fools of themselves by trying to link the disaster to global warming and Republicans. California Senator Barbara Boxer said, “This is climate change. We were warned about extreme weather, not just hot weather but extreme weather . . . you’re also going to see snow in the summer in some places. You’re going have terrible storms. You’re going to have tornados.”

Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse made the same dubious claim and explicitly blamed Republicans. “Why do you, Sheldon Whitehouse,” the Senator said, “care if we Republicans run off the climate cliff like a bunch of proverbial lemmings and disgrace ourselves? I’ll tell you why. We’re stuck in this together. When cyclones tear up Oklahoma and hurricanes swamp Alabama and wildfires scorch Texas, you come to us, the rest of the country, for billions of dollars to recover. And the damage that your polluters and deniers are doing doesn’t just hit Oklahoma and Alabama and Texas. It hits Rhode Island with floods and storms.” Whitehouse later apologized, but only for his timing, not for his smear.

But Boxer and Whitehouse are simply following the lead of President Obama, who made the same unscientific and partisan claim in his inaugural address:

“We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.”

Once again, the party of science and reason has exposed itself as hopelessly unscientific and irrational.

These self-styled rationalists and defenders of science could have saved themselves embarrassment by consulting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climate Data Center. As the NCDA’s U.S. Tornado Climatology site explains, “With increased national Doppler radar coverage, increasing population, and greater attention to tornado reporting, there has been an increase in the number of tornado reports over the past several decades. This can create a misleading appearance of an increasing trend in tornado frequency.” A chart is provided which “indicates there has been little trend in the frequency of the stronger tornadoes over the past 55 years.”

But science and fact have had little to do with the apocalyptic climate change movement. The absence of global increases in temperature since 1998 has raised serious questions about all those dramatic computer models predicting disaster from human-caused CO2 polluting the atmosphere. For true believers to hold on to their belief inCO2 caused warming, they have to admit that some unknown factor is causing temperatures not to rise even when CO2 is increasing. But to admit that is to admit that they don’t fully understand how climate works, at least not enough to justify subjecting our economy to a multi-trillion-dollar hit from the war against carbon in order to ward off those dire consequences that may happen. As a recent editorial in the Wall Street Journal signed by 16 scientists writes, “There is no compelling scientific argument for drastic action to ‘decarbonize’ the world’s economy. Even if one accepts the inflated climate forecasts of the IPCC [the U.N. International Panel on Climate Change], aggressive greenhouse-gas control policies are not justified economically.”

But the unproven claim about the link of CO2 to warming is just one of the many holes in apocalyptic global warming theory. Remember when warming-cult high priest Al Gore claimed that the 400 parts per million (ppm) of CO2 present today would be “a sad milestone, a call to action”? Given that hundreds of variables govern climate, isolating one trace gas as the engine of climate change was always dubious. Indeed, scientists outside the global-warming cult have argued that doubling or tripling CO2 ppms would have no major impact on the planet. As Human Events’s Marc Morano reports, “Scientists also note that geologically speaking, the Earth is currently in a ‘CO2 famine’ and that the geologic record reveals that ice ages have occurred when CO2 was at 2000ppm to as high as 8000ppm. In addition, peer-reviewed studies have documented that there have been temperatures similar to the present day on Earth when carbon dioxide was up to twenty times higher than today’s levels. And, a peer-reviewed study this year found that the present day carbon dioxide level of 400ppm was exceeded — without any human influence — 12,750 years ago when CO2 may have reached up to 425 ppm.”

An even greater problem with the CO2 obsession is the uncertainty about what levels of the gas establish the baseline with which to compare the current levels that are so dangerous. Back in 2010 the New York Times explained how this baseline is established: “Bubbles of ancient air, trapped by glaciers and ice sheets have been tested, and they show that over the past 800,000 years, the amount of carbon dioxide in the air oscillated between roughly 200 and 300 parts per million. Just before the Industrial Revolution, the level was about 280 parts per million and had been there for several thousand years.”

That seems definitive––unless you ask how long CO2can remain in the atmosphere, or whether the volume of CO2 trapped in ice has remained stable all those millennia and so can provide an accurate baseline. According to Dr. Tom Segalstad––past head of the Geological Museum in the University of Oslo’s Natural History Museums, an associate professor of resource and environmental geology at the University of Oslo, and a past expert reviewer for the IPCC––abundant research evidence suggests that CO2 stays in the atmosphere for at most 12 years. If that is true, then people cannot possibly have pumped enough CO2 into the atmosphere to account for the alleged increases they caused. Either something other than humans is increasing CO2, or the way the gas is measured is flawed.

That brings us to those “bubbles of ancient air” that are used to establish how much CO2 was in the atmosphere before humans started burning fossil fuels. Many scientists, including Zbigniew Jaworoski–– the author of four books and nearly 300 scholarly articles, and the senior scientific advisor of the Scientific Council of the Central Laboratory for Radiological Protection in Poland––have challenged this assumption that ice cores accurately record CO2 concentrations in ancient air. Jaworoski’s research suggests that the ice is not a closed system that preserves air bubbles unchanged and keeps gas concentrations stable. Because of ice liquefying, the different solubility levels of gasses in cold water, cracks in the ice, and extreme pressure that crystallizes CO2 into a solid, CO2 in ice can be reduced. Thus the baseline alluded to in the Times article that establishes the notion of dangerously increasing CO2 is put in doubt.

For all their talk of “science,” then, the Democrats are indulging ideological preferences when they holler about climate change. Nor is it difficult to see the origins of that ideology. Partly it reflects the old romantic discomfort with the same industrialism and technology that have made us the healthiest, most long-lived and comfortable humans ever to walk the earth. Disneyfied idealizations of nature and Blakean denouncements of modernity’s “Satanic mills” bestow cheap moral superiority on people who couldn’t live five minutes without the high-tech conveniences made possible by fossil fuels.

Creepier still is the late-Marxist demonization of industrial capitalism that also lies behind the attack on carbon. Having been repudiated by history, Marxism must attack liberal democracy and free-market capitalism with the weapons of environmentalism, which gives them allies among the suburban recyclers and Prius-drivers, Sierra-Club plutocrats, and Occupy Wall Street anarchists. The irony, of course, is that communist economies have historically been some of the worst polluters on the planet. Look at China today, where Beijing’s air looks like coal-burning London’s in the 1840s, and hundreds of dead pigs float in the rivers. Finally, the Marxist-lite big government folks––i.e. Democrats––find in the global warming crisis a convenient pretext for expanding government control over the economy and business, thus weakening the most powerful rival to the Leviathan state. Just look at the current war on extracting natural gas through fracking.

Al Gore once sneered, “Fifteen per cent of the people believe the moon landing was staged on some movie lot and a somewhat smaller number still believe the Earth is flat. They all get together on a Saturday night and party with the global warming deniers.” More and more scientific evidence suggests that it is Gore and his Democratic brethren who are the flat-earthers, clinging to an exploded paradigm not because of the “overwhelming judgment of science,” but because it gratifies their ideological and political preferences and interests.

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  • pyeatte

    These eco-freaks are the same type people who burned witches at the stake in Salem because bad weather caused crop failures – and the witches were to blame. If they thought they could rationalize it, these maggots would do it again, to us.

  • blissdesignz72

    Exactly!

    Warmism is the religion of the left & warmists are the most religiously faithful people I know.. No matter how much unbiased research (true science) debunks their religion, you just can't get them to let go of their faith. Liberals are that way in every area though. Everything is upside down & backazzwards in the liberal's mind .

    Here's just a few more beliefs held by libs that deny all reason to a normal individual.
    -Islam is the religion of Peace & Christians are dangerous extremists that want to impose a theocracy on everyone.
    -Government spending money to 'stimulate the economy' works wonders & 'the free market is what caused our economic problems,
    -Big gov't is benign & good & only exists to take care of & service the people living under it..

    Most the things liberals believe require complete denial of history, science & reality..I mean to believe mankind (one species of animal by their definition), has the ability to completely alter the entire planet's climate on it's own is a pretty far out claim……Yet they won't give it up. Yes they do have the strongest faith of all. ;-)

    • Americano

      **APPLAUSE!**
      Great post! Very well said!

    • warpmine

      What do you expect? They're from Liberalanus

  • Cassandra

    Thank you 'Bliss" you said it all for me.And Al Gore is a moron and a traitor to this country. he sold his TV show to Al jazeera.

  • tagalog

    Just so we can keep track of what they forecast and what actually happens. Yesterday (May 23, 2013) the hurricane season, to begin in June, 2013, is forecast by the NOAA as follows: "Above normal" says NOAA. Forecast is for 13-20 named storms (a rather large margin of error there, I'd say), of which 7-11 (another large margin of error) are expected to become hurricanes with 3-6 to become major hurricanes (Category 3 or above, ditto on the margin of error).

    Now that we know beforehand what the "climate change" folks are predicting -sort of, we can keep track of what actuallly happens and compare it with what they claim is going to happen. You can bet that, whatever happens, they will say it was in line with what they expected.

  • http://shugartpoliticalaction.shugartmedia.com/uncommonsense/ Chris_Shugart

    Just as with liberals in general, you can't win with an environmentalist fanatic. Temp goes up, it's climate change. Temp goes down, it's climate change. Temp stays the same, it's because global warming is causing static weather patterns. I'm posting a one dollar reward to any climate scientist who can tell me what normal climate is.

    • Michael Durham

      Regarding "Climate Change" and "Global Warming":

      Whether the temperatures went down yesterday, or up today, the forecast for tomorrow will always be: "progressive" Marxism.

      In reality, "Climate Change" and "Global Warming" are simply opposition to One World communism, (with totalitarian lunatics like Al GoreBachev running the show).

      Naturally, it follows that from the communist "Green's" point of view, opposition to communism is bad. Therefore, "Climate Change" and "Global Warming" are bad.

    • Mik

      Chris – I am sure you have already thought that evolution means change. The climate change folks are certainly firmly committed to the concept of evolutionary change. So in agreement with your post, at what point in the history of the evolution of the planet could anyone ever define "normal" climate? If you cannot establish a baseline and if by their most basic assumption the eco-system is in a constant state of flux, how could anyone ever deny the existence of climate change? And how in the world would anyone propose that we stop the process? Of course the climate is changing. Of course it has always changed. But that sort of logic escapes Owl Gore.

  • http://twitter.com/feastfirst @feastfirst

    One world government; universal poverty and privation….there, I fixed yer carbon problem.

  • rationalist

    However, U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Interior, State, Transportation; EPA, NASA, National Science Foundation, Smithsonian, and USAID all say human-caused climate change is real, should be understood, and dealt with. See: http://www.globalchange.gov/home

    • http://twitter.com/feastfirst @feastfirst
    • Toni_Pereira

      It's 2:00 AM. Go to bed, idiot.

    • ziggy zoggy

      Well, if those agencies say the sky is falling, then I'm convinced. Why believe my lying eyes and the lying facts when I can take the word of agencies that make enotmous financial gains by pushing their flat Earth policies?

      Stupidity is iuncurable. That's why there are leftists to plague humanity.

    • Mary Sue

      all of which are run by Obama, and NASA of which has that nut case James Hansen.

    • http://shugartpoliticalaction.shugartmedia.com/uncommonsense/ Chris_Shugart

      True, but BFD. That's like saying standing in front of a truck rolling downhill caused some slowing down. Or spitting into the ocean and claiming you raised the sea level. It remains unproven (and unlikely, I think) that human activity is a significant contributor to climate change as opposed to other causes. It's ironic that climate fanatics are a little fuzzy on what those other factors are, or how they work.

  • frank a mccafferty

    one word, only one word comes to mind concerning globalwarmers.
    STUPID

  • tanstaafl

    I'm pretty sure we are overdue for an ice age.

  • Americano

    Of course the climate changes! It's called weather, stupid!
    These idiots are supposed to be smartest ones in the room? God help us! The real cause of Global Warming/Climate Change is all of the hot air coming out of the mouths of these so-called "experts".

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  • Softly Bob

    Oklahoma is renowned for tornadoes. So it's just had a big one – surprise, surprise…..
    By the way, I'm in England. It's May and it's meant to be warm and sunny, but it's been cold for weeks. So much for global warming!

  • Western Spirit

    As a Bible thumper it behooves me to point out that all of this crazy weather is just normal for the course on this crazy planet that waxes and wanes weather problems.

    The Bible, of course, has nothing to do with my comment I just threw it in to make the point that Bible thumpers are the sane ones in the discussion about weather while the Left's religion is a crazy mish-mash of fanatical believes.

  • warpmine

    Remember that volcano in Iceland spewing all that ash where the normal fly routes had to be changed even cancelled? It's been about a year or so which is enough time for all that particulate matter in the high altitudes to start blocking some of the sun's light rays. Add to this that the sun is not putting out the same energy it had 20-40 years ago and you have below average temps.

    Unfortunately, we have a large contingent of people that are conditioned to be….frankly speaking, to be stupid. These people believe almost anything that is repeated enough times.

  • Ellman

    "…you’re also going to see snow in the summer in some places."

    Barbara Boxer needs to be institutionalized!

  • Ellman

    It is astonishing that hoaxes like 'global warming' can be taken seriously by even one sane person in this country. This is 'snake oil' the Left is selling us, just by a different name. Climate change is one of the most prominent symptoms attesting to the insanity and lunacy of the Left. This nation is in dire need of relying on common sense, simple logic and facts to avoid having this hoax enshrined in public policy.

  • Infovoyeur

    Why conservatives, even good ones (Thornton, Bawer) don't "get" climate change, is to me still a mystery…

    97% of scientists agree that 75% of change is human-caused (the rest, solar flares and/or other fluctuations). This is a CEC deal–current expert consensus. Current; science can be self-correcting. Expert–not just any outsider, hmmmmm….. And Consensus: if not perfect agreement, an aggregate.

    Science writer Chris Mooney has written on the conservative denial of science and a later book The Republican Brain. But a happy ending; he says we need both Liberal investigativeness and idealism, and also Conservative responsibility planning carry-through steadfastness. Sounds good……..